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Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Canisius Golden Griffins

Senior Robin Kennery had another fine season in '14
2014 Record: 8-12 (18-30) 8th Place

SENIORS:
Robin Kennery 2B (.308 BA; 26 RBIs)
Michelle DelPrince OF (.277 BA; 6-6 SB)

JUNIORS:
Meghan Cuda 3B (.228 BA; 9 HR; 22 RBIs)
Bethany DeMarco C (.196 BA; 15 RBIs)
Tori Nappo OF (.176 BA)
Alexis Roman SS (.308 BA)

SOPHOMORES:
Sarah Andrews P (1-7; 10.21 ERA)
Jessica Berzins OF (.326 BA)
ALL-MAAC
Taylor Decker C (.125 BA)
Sam Sharkey OF (.232 BA)
Lindsey Silfer C/IF (.336; 17 RBIs)
ALL-MAAC

FRESHMEN:
Moriah Harris 3B
Erika Mackie P
Madi Weathers P

With the glory days of Mike Rappl now in the past, Canisius will strive to establish themselves in the MAAC under new head coach Kim Griffin. The Golden Griffins lose a number of players, not all to graduation, and enter the season with only 14 on their roster. Gone is pitcher Jen Consaul after a fine career; the Griffs will depend on a pair of freshmen (Madi Weathers and Erika Mackie) in the circle this season. Both performed very well during fall ball. If they can carry that into the season, Canisius has offensive punch at the top of their lineup that would give them the chance to return to the tournament for the first time since 2012.

2015 Iona Softball Schedule

The Iona College Gaels will begin defense of their MAAC title on the weekend of February 20 at the N.C.-Greensboro Spartan Classic. On the weekend of March 6 they will be in Fairfax, Virginia for George Mason's Invitational tournament. Then it's off to Southern California for the Gaels, where they will play in a tournament hosted by Cal State Northridge beginning March 13. On March 17, Iona will play a split doubleheader at Loyola Marymount vs. the host Lions and Farleigh Dickinson.

When the Gaels head back east, they will open their home schedule vs. Army on March 24. They begin conference play at home on the weekend of March 28, facing Canisius and Niagara. The Gaels will close their regular season at home vs. Fairfield on May 2; then at Siena the following day. Iona will have eight home dates in 2015.

2015 Iona Softball Schedule

Friday, December 26, 2014

2015 MAAC Softball Preview - Iona Gaels


Senior Carly Argyle will lead Gaels in the circle


2014 Record: 14-6 (24-24) 3rd Place
MAAC CHAMPIONS

SENIORS:
Carly Argyle P (15-9; 3.71 ERA; .276 BA)
NFCA ALL-REGION; ALL-MAAC
Allie Hand OF (.327 BA; 8 HR; 29 RBIs)
ALL-MAAC
Bri Schauer SS (.315 BA; 3 HR; 20 RBIs)
ALL-MAAC

JUNIORS:
Sarah Schutz 3B (.279; 5 HR; 31 RBIs)
Brianna King C (.143 BA)
Jordan Courage P (7-13; 5.03 ERA)
Christine Costello P (4 innings pitched)
Allyne Clark C
Transfer/Highland Community College

SOPHOMORES:
Kristen Turner 1B (.336 BA; 11 HR; 52 RBIs)
ECAC ALL-STAR; ALL-MAAC; MAAC ROOKIE OF YEAR
Ashlyn Morris OF (.304 BA)
Katie Newton 2B (.271 BA)
Kelsey Long OF (.276 BA)
Sarah McMahon P (2-2; 5.54 ERA)
Lauren Filardi IF

FRESHMEN:
Courtney Miller OF
Tori Danner C
Jessica Harkness P

The Gaels won the MAAC Championship in 2014, their fourth title in five seasons. They have lost  key performers to graduation, but will field a very strong senior class, all three of whom are All-MAAC honorees with plenty of championship experience. With strong hitting throughout their lineup, and experienced pitching, the Gaels will compete for another championship in 2015.

Photo courtesy Jim Newton Photography


Friday, December 19, 2014

2015 Marist Softball Schedule

The Marist Red Foxes will begin their 56 game 2015 schedule on the weekend of February 21 at Norfolk State's Spartan Classic; then on the weekend of the 28th they will take part in Wilmington's Seahawk Spring Classic. Not quite spring yet, but that's what they call it! On the weekend of March 13, the Red Foxes will be in Charleston for a tournament that includes games vs. Wisconsin, Memphis and New Mexico. After playing doubleheaders at UNC Central and Hampton, Marist will close out the tournament portion of their schedule with a series of games at the University of Virginia.

The Red Foxes' home opener will also serve as their conference opener, March 29 vs. Rider. Marist will close their regular season the weekend of May 2-3 on the road at Manhattan and St. Peter's. The Red Foxes will have seven home dates in 2015.

2015 Marist Softball Schedule

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 St. Peter's Softball Schedule

St. Peter's will open their 46 game 2015 softball schedule on the weekend of March 6 when they take part in Towson University's tournament, which will include a rare non conference game vs. MAAC rival Manhattan. After playing there, the Peacocks will immediately head to Florida for a week full of doubleheaders at the Spring Rebel Games in Kissimmee.

After a non conference tilt at St. Joe's on March 25, St. Peter's will open conference play at Quinnipiac on March 28. The Peacocks' home opener will take place on March 29 with a MAAC doubleheader vs. Siena. St. Peter's will close their regular season on May 3 when they host MAAC rival Marist. The Peacocks will have seven home dates in 2015.

2015 St. Peter's Softball Schedule

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Manhattan Softball Schedule

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers will open their 53 game 2015 softball schedule with three games at North Carolina Central in Durham the weekend of February 20. Then Manhattan will attempt to open their home schedule, with what may be the earliest home game in MAAC history when they host Coppin State for a doubleheader on February 28. They will stay at home for a pair of games vs. Hartford on March 3. All depending on the weather of course, keeping in mind last season's adventures with the dreaded polar vortex!

On the weekend of March 6, the LJs will take part in Towson's tournament, which includes a rare non conference tilt vs. St. Peter's. After that, on the weekend of March 13, they will stay local by playing in St. John's tournament. Then it's off to California for Manhattan for the Santa Clara Round Robin, which will begin on March 20. A doubleheader at St. Mary's is also on the slate at that time.

The Lady Jaspers will open conference play when they host Siena on March 28. They will close their MAAC regular season on the weekend of May 2; first by hosting Marist, then traveling to Fairfield. In 2015, Manhattan will have ten home dates.

2015 Manhattan Softball Schedule

Friday, December 12, 2014

2015 Fairfield Softball Schedule

The Fairfield Stags will open their 47 game 2015 schedule on the weekend of February 27 at the Towson University tournament. On the weekend of March 6 the Stags will be in Bules Creek, North Carolina playing in Campbell's Camel Stampede. Fairfield will make a Florida trip in '15, taking part in Central Florida's tournament the weekend of March 13.

Fairfield's home opener will be a MAAC matchup vs. Niagara on March 28, with Canisius coming into town the next day. The Stags wrap up the regular season also at home, vs. Manhattan on May 3. Fairfield will have ten home dates in 2015.

2015 Fairfield Softball Schedule

2015 Canisius Softball Schedule

The Canisius Golden Griffins will open their 51 game 2015 schedule, their first season with new Head Coach Kim Griffin, on the weekend of February 7 when they will make their third consecutive appearance at Cleveland State's Dome Tournament. On the weekend of February 13, they will be in Durham, North Carolina to play in the Eagle Challenge, hosted by N.C. Central. E. Tennessee's Holiday Inn Classic will be the Griffs' next stop, the final weekend of February. After a week off, Canisius will make a Florida trip, first playing in one of South Florida's tournaments the weekend of March 13; then staying another week for a series of non conference games.

Canisius comes back north to play a doubleheader at state rival Syracuse on March 24, before opening up conference play at Iona and Fairfield on March 28-29. The Golden Griffins' home opener is scheduled to take place April 7 vs. Detroit Mercy, the first of seven home dates. Canisius will end their regular season with a pair of MAAC doubleheaders on the weekend of May 2 at Monmouth and Rider.

2015 Canisius Schedule

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2015 Rider Softball Schedule

The Rider Broncs will open their 56 game 2015 softball schedule on the weekend of February 20 when they take the field at Charlotte's 49er Classic. On February 28, they will play in George Mason's Patriot Classic in Fairfax, Virginia. After a doubleheader at Penn on March 4, the Broncs will play their home opener at Young Field on March 11 vs. Drexel. After that, it's back to tournament play; first at the Blue-Gold tournament hosted by North Carolina A&T on the weekend of March 14. Rider will play a series of seven games at the Liberty Classic beginning March 19 to wrap up their tournament portion of the season.

The Broncs will open conference play on March 28 when they host Monmouth. Their regular season will close on the weekend of May 2 with a pair of MAAC doubleheaders vs. Niagara and Canisius. Rider will have 10 home dates in 2015.

Rider 2015 Schedule

Friday, December 5, 2014

Destiny Holani Signs With Canisius

Destiny Holani of Honolulu, Hawaii has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2016 season.

Although Destiny Kaapuni Alohalani Holani will not be the first Hawaiian to play softball in the MAAC, she will be a first at Canisius. Destiny is in her senior season at Roosevelt high school in Honolulu, and has an interesting sports background. She's a catcher, but initially played baseball for seven years as the only girl on her team. She didn't begin playing softball until age 11, and her baseball background made the transition easy for her. She's a speedy, extra bases hitter, pounding out many doubles and triples over her playing career. Destiny plays travel ball with the Kaikamahine Softball Club.

Congratulations Destiny!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Allie Block Signs With Canisius

Allison Block of Lockport, NY signed a national letter of intent this month to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2016 season.

Allie Block has been a dominant pitcher at Starpoint high school, posting a career ERA of 1.13, which includes a fantastic junior season that ended with a record of 10-3 and a stingy 0.70 ERA. She's a high strikeout pitcher, putting down about 10 batters per game. She is also an accomplished hitter, batting .446 last season to go along with six home runs and four triples, plus 23 RBIs. For her performance last season she earned All-New York State honors twice, as a pitcher and hitter! Allie plays travel ball with the Cayuga Gamblers.

Congratulations Allie!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Niagara's Bridget Hogan Will Redshirt

Niagara's All-MAAC IF/pitcher Bridget Hogan will sit out the 2015 season after undergoing successful surgery this week and qualifying for medical redshirt status.

Bridget Hogan began to notice a problem with her hip late last season, but apparently it did not slow down her production, which earned her conference honors. She hit .313 last season, including three home runs. In conference play, she ranked seventh in the MAAC with a .410 average. But she finished the season hobbling, and this week had surgery to correct a bone spur and labrum tear. She is expected to make a full recovery, but will be out 4-6 months rehabilitating. She will return with three years of eligibility remaining.

Speedy recovery Bridget!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lani Evans Signs With Iona

Alana Evans of Goleta, California has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Iona College beginning in the 2016 season.

Big signing for the Gaels as they land All-CIF pitcher Lani Evans. Lani had a fabulous junior season for Dos Pueblos high school, posting a 17-6 record to go along with a 1.26 ERA. In fact, her career ERA currently stands at a paltry 0.99! She is a high strikeout pitcher, and not bad at the plate either, hitting .356 her junior season with three home runs.

Congratulations Lani!

St. Peter's Softball Clinic


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jennifer Timm To Sign With Niagara

Jennifer Timm of Green Bay, Wisconsin will sign a national letter of intent this week to play softball at Niagara University beginning in the 2016 season.

Jennifer Timm is a middle infielder at West DePere High School, where she has been a career .400 hitter. Jennifer had a fabulous junior season for the Phantoms, hitting .430 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. This performance earned her unanimous first team All-Bay Conference honors. Jennifer isn't a singles hitter - she's led her team in doubles the past three seasons, and has shown home run power. She has played travel ball with the Fox River Rush.

Congratulations Jenn!

Sydney Dennis To Sign With Quinnipiac

Sydney Dennis of Kingwood, Texas will sign a national letter of intent this week to play softball at Quinnipiac University beginning in the 2016 season.

Although a native of Texas, Sydney Dennis has played travel ball with the New Jersey Intensity, and the Bobcats took notice of the speedy outfielder. Back in Texas with Kingwood High School, Sydney, a left handed slap hitter, batted .361 in 2014, leading her team to the Texas State championship game. In the outfield, she has very good range; gets to the ball quick; and has a strong, accurate arm.

Congratulations Sydney!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rebecca Drake To Sign With Quinnipiac

Another homer for Rebecca!
Rebecca Drake of Toms River, New Jersey will sign a national letter of intent to play softball at Quinnipiac University beginning in the 2016 season.

A big signing coming up for the Bobcats as they land All-American pitcher/third baseman Rebecca Drake of Donovan Catholic High School. Rebecca is the epitome of the all around player...where to begin? Well, she hit an astounding .550 in 2014, with an astronomical slugging percentage of 1.083. She averaged over an RBI per game, and had an on base percentage of .640. She can hit for average, or power. She has speed, stealing a perfect 9 for 9 bases, and is also a high run producer. But that's not all...she's also a lockdown pitcher! In 2014, Rebecca posted a circle record of 10-1, with a miniscule ERA of 0.68. Opposing batters hit a measly .128 against her; she struck out an average of 7 batters per game. She rarely walks anyone. She'll be playing lots at QU! Rebecca plays her travel ball with the Jersey Intensity.

Congratulations Rebecca!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Alexa Feliciano To Sign With Rider

Alexa making the tag at third base
Alexa Feliciano of Thousand Oaks, California will sign a national letter of intent to play softball at Rider University beginning in the 2016 season.

Alexa Feliciano is a catcher and third baseman at Oak Park High School. Alexa batted .292 her junior season for the Eagles, including three triples, improving her average 30 points from the previous season, which was her first at the varsity level. Alexa began her career as a catcher, but also spent time at third base last season. She plays travel ball with Bownet Gold.

Congratulations Alexa!

Madysen Cossack To Sign With Siena

Madysen Cossack of Agoura Hills, California will sign a national letter of intent to play softball at Siena College beginning in the 2016 season.

The Saints continue to expand their recruiting boundaries with another fine player who will sign later this week. Madysen Cossack is a power hitter who plays softball at Agoura High School, where she has been named her team's Offensive Player Of The Year two consecutive seasons. Madysen has a career .373 batting average thus far, but had her best season in 2014 when she hit .413, which included six home runs in 23 games played. She has averaged about an RBI per game over her career. Madysen is a left handed first baseman with good range, and a strong arm. She plays travel ball with Bownet Gold.

Congratulations Mady!

Stephanie Kristo To Sign With Manhattan

Stephanie Kristo of Santa Clara, California will sign a national letter of intent this week to play softball at Manhattan College beginning in the 2016 season.

This is a big signing coming up for the Lady Jaspers. Stephanie Kristo is a pitcher for the renowned high school softball program at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose. The Monarchs were CIF Central Coast Section champions in 2014; and were ranked #3 in the entire nation. Stephanie had a fabulous junior season in the circle for Mitty, posting a 15-1 record to go along with a stingy 1.18 ERA. Her opponents batted only .194 against her. Included in her 15 wins were seven shutouts. Stephanie is a great control pitcher, walking only two batters per game. For the whole '14 season, she threw no wild pitches, and hit only one batter. She plays travel ball with the San Jose Lady Sharks, with whom she has pitched in many national tournaments. This is the sort of signing that could tilt the balance of power in the MAAC for years to come.

Congratulations Stephanie!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

2015 Quinnipiac Softball Schedule

The Quinnipiac University Bobcats will open their 54 game 2015 softball season indoors on February 6 with a game against state rival Sacred Heart, to be played in the Sports Dome in Danbury, Connecticut. On the weekend of February 13, the Bobcats will play in UNC-Charlotte's First Pitch Classic. Their next tournament stop will be in Fort Myers, Florida on the weekend of March 6 to play in Florida Gulf Coast's tournament. Quinnipiac will again this season pay a visit to Clearwater, Florida and play in one of South Florida's tournaments on the weekend of March 13; then will wrap up the tournament portion of their schedule by playing in Liberty's tourney in Lynchburg, Virginia beginning March 20.

There will be little time for rest in this busy schedule, with the Bobcats coming back north for their home opener on March 26, vs. UMass-Lowell. Maine will visit the QU Softball Field on the following day. The Bobcats will have 11 home dates in '15. Quinnipiac opens MAAC play on April 4 at Monmouth. Their regular season will end with a conference matchup vs. Siena at home on May 2.

2015 QU Softball Schedule

Monday, November 3, 2014

2015 Monmouth Softball Schedule

The Monmouth Hawks will begin their second MAAC softball season on the weekend of February 20, 2015 when they take part in the Longwood Spring Classic in Farmville, Virginia. The weekend of February 27 will find the Hawks back in Virginia, this time in Fairfax to play in a tournament hosted by George Mason. On the weekend of March 6 they will be in Blue Creek, North Carolina at Campbell University; Monmouth will wrap up the tournament portion of their schedule by playing in Central Florida's tournament beginning March 12.

The Hawks' home opener will take place on March 24 when they host Rutgers; Princeton will visit Monmouth Softball Park the next day. Monmouth will have 12 home dates in '15. On March 28, the Hawks will open conference play at Rider. Visits by MAAC rivals Canisius and Niagara will close out their regular season on May 2 & 3.

2015 Monmouth Softball Schedule

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Alisha Marshall Commits To Fairfield

Courtesy of Randy Petersen/Hanford Sentinel
Alisha Marshall of Selma, California has verbally committed to play softball at Fairfield University beginning in the 2016 season.

Alisha Marshall is a shortstop at Selma high school, where she has been a career .400 hitter entering her senior season. Alisha has been the leadoff hitter for Selma, and is a high run producer and a slap hitter who has shown the ability with her speed to hit for extra base; she is also an accomplished base stealer. Her coach calls her a "fierce competitor" and outstanding defensive player. Alisha plays travel ball for the Fresno Force.

Congratulations Alisha!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Madison Aston Commits To Canisius

It's that time of year again. With the early NLI signing period quickly approaching, MAAC schools will be receiving a slew of commitments.

Madison Aston of Amherst, NY has verbally committed to Canisius College to play softball beginning in the 2016 season. Maddie is a very skilled catcher, with a strong arm and quick release. She's very agile behind the plate, and rarely makes mistakes, committing only two errors in her last two seasons. She's a strong hitter, raising her average from .358 her sophomore season to .500 her junior season at Amherst Central High School. She's also a good base runner, a perfect 14 for 14 stolen bases during her career. Maddie plays travel ball with the WNY Rally.

Congratulations Maddie!



Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Official...Kim Griffin New Canisius Head Coach

Kim Griffin became the second Head Coach in Golden Griffin softball history today, announced Canisius Athletic Director Bill Maher:

“The appointment of Kim Griffin was part of our succession plan and her work with the team has demonstrated that she is the right person to lead our softball program,” Maher said. “Kim worked under Mike Rappl here for seven years as an assistant, and she understands and appreciates the tradition of Canisius softball. She has proven in her time as both an assistant coach and as the program’s interim coach that she is ready to take the next step in her professional career.”

 Kim Griffin released the following statement:

“I am honored and excited to have the chance to take over the Canisius softball program, a program that has produced 800-plus wins, numerous MAAC championships, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and countless success stories both on and off the field,” Griffin said. “Being able to work with and learn from Mike Rappl for the past seven years has been an invaluable experience. His daily work ethic, knowledge of game and his ability to manage a successful team year in and year out has taught me what it takes to be a Golden Griffin and a champion. I am thankful and appreciative of the support I have received from our entire athletic department, which includes Director of Athletic Bill Maher, Senior Woman’s Administrator Traci Murphy, all of the other head coaches and our support staff. They have all been extremely helpful to me in making this professional transition enjoyable and exciting.”

 Coach Griffin, who had served as an assistant under Mike Rappl, the winningest coach in the MAAC in any sport, since September of 2007, has led the Griffs to a perfect 8-0 record thus far in this fall season. Certainly she has big shoes to fill, but I'm sure she's learned a lot working with Coach Rappl.

Read more here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Canisius Opens Fall Ball With Sweep

Freshman pitcher Erika Mackie began her Canisius career with a shutout
The Canisius Golden Griffins got the new softball season underway with a pair of fall ball wins over Canadian school Humber College this past Saturday. Of course, it was a big day for the Griff freshmen, and they all had positive debuts. Canisius has two new pitchers this season, and they both tossed shutouts to begin their careers. Madi Weathers won the first game with an eight strikeout performance (in a five inning game), allowing only one hit which was a bunt single. Erika Mackie won game two, another five inning game in which she struck out out five batters while allowing only three hits. Infielder Moriah Harris got off to a powerful start, hitting a home run and triple in game one; good for four RBIs. Veteran Michelle DelPrince hit a pair of triples herself. Jessica Berzins also tripled for the Golden Griffins.

This was the first ever Canisius game, fall or spring, with a coach other than Mike Rappl in charge, as interim head coach Kim Griffin made her debut.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Casey Page Commits To Marist

Casey Page of Marietta, Georgia has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning in the 2016 season.

Another great verbal for Marist coming out of the state of Georgia; this time it's speedy outfielder Casey Page. Casey will begin her senior year at North Cobb high school in Kennesaw, GA next month; she currently has a career .541 batting average for the Lady Warriors. Casey has shown the ability to get on base frequently, and around the bases to score, with 73 runs her last two seasons. She's also a very accomplished base stealer, with 49 thefts in 52 attempts in her last two seasons. In the outfield, she uses her speed to get to fly balls; she committed no errors during her junior season. Casey plays travel ball with the Georgia Fire.

Congratulations Casey!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kim Griffin Named Canisius Interim Head Coach



With the stunning retirement of Canisius and Western New York softball icon Mike Rappl yesterday, the Golden Griffins have named his assistant Kim Griffin as interim head coach. Canisius Director of Athletics Bill Maher stated that he will announce a "permanent successor" in the near future. It was not clear if he would be looking outside the current coaching staff for that successor.

Kim Griffin, a graduate of and former softball player at division 2 Mercyhurst University, joined the Canisius coaching staff in the fall of 2007, helping the team win MAAC titles her first two seasons. She has had many duties with the Golden Griffins, including as pitching coach and first base coach during games. She has also been more involved in recruiting in recent seasons. Coach Griffin is a Western New York native, who played softball at Cleveland Hill high school.

Monday, July 28, 2014

CANISIUS COACH MIKE RAPPL RETIRES


Mike Rappl, who built the Canisius softball program from scratch, has announced his retirement from coaching today.

The seven time MAAC Coach of the Year ends his storied career with a record of 831-526, which includes 12 MAAC Championships.

More from the Canisius website here

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kallen Leeseberg Commits To Marist


Kallen Leeseberg of Augusta, Georgia has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning in the 2016 season.

One great pitcher from the state of Georgia worked out well for Coach Ausanio at Marist, so he went out and got another one! Kallen Leeseberg is a six foot tall right handed pitcher who just completed her junior season at Aquinas high school in Augusta. She's a high strikeout pitcher, fanning 1.8 batters per inning thus far in her career. She posted a 1.92 ERA last season, won 29 games over the last two years, and is considered one of the top pitchers in Georgia. She is also an accomplished hitter, with a career average of .533, and a career slugging percentage of .970. She also can run, stealing 19 bases out of 21 attempts. She's very athletic and plays basketball for Aquinas as well. Kallen currently plays travel ball with the Georgia Fire.

Congratulations Kallen!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Madi Weathers, Canisius Golden Griffins

Pitcher Madi Weathers just completed her senior season at Fountain Valley high school in southern California. Madi rebounded from an injury plagued junior season, in which she missed about a month of action, to post a 2.05 ERA, earning her All-Sunset League status. A great control pitcher, she averaged over a strikeout per inning while averaging only two walks per game.

Madi is playing travel ball with the California Cruisers this summer, and will join Canisius in the fall.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jackie Riley Commits To St. Peter's

Jacqueline Riley of South Amboy, New Jersey has verbally committed to play softball at St. Peter's University beginning in the 2016 season.

Jackie Riley is a pitcher who just completed her junior season at Cardinal McCarrick high school in New Jersey. Jackie is a very hard thrower, averaging around two strikeouts per inning. She holds the school record for strikeouts per game, with 21 in a seven inning game this past season. Jackie isn't just a fast ball thrower; she has a full arsenal of pitches and displays great control, walking only 15 batters in 111 innings during her junior season. Her career ERA is currently 1.34, and has improved with each season. Jackie is also accomplished in the batter's box, she has hit over .400 for her career, and can hit for power and extra bases. She plays travel ball for the Central Jersey Lightning Gold.

Congratulations Jackie!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Angelina McGuire, Fairfield Stags

Angelina McGuire recently completed her softball career at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, New Jersey, leading her team to the North New Jersey state final. Angelina, an outfielder, already had impressive career statistics, but saw her offensive numbers skyrocket during her senior season making her one of the top hitters in New Jersey. She hit .485 with nine home runs. Most impressive was her 63 RBIs, averaging almost two per game. She finished with a slugging percentage of .950, and scored 41 runs. She is also excellent in the field, committing only two errors in her last three seasons. For this she was named to the All-New Jersey first team, and the NFCA's All-East Region first team.

Angelina plays travel ball with the New Jersey Heist, and will join Fairfield in the fall.

MAAC Recruit Update: Toni Nino, Rider Broncs

Toni Nino recently completed a very successful season at Silverado high school in Victorville, California, helping lead the Hawks to the Desert Sky League championship, and a berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs where the team made it to the quarterfinals. Toni was named to the Desert Sky first team after hitting .515 and leading the team with 52 runs scored. The speedy outfielder/infielder also led the Hawks in stolen bases, stealing a perfect 47 bases in 47 attempts, this in just 27 games.

Toni is projected by coach Carroll to play in the outfield at Rider, and probably will eventually be the Broncs' leadoff hitter. Toni will play travel ball with the SoCal Wicked before joining Rider in the fall.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Erika Mackie, Canisius Golden Griffins

Erika Mackie recently ended her high school career with a heartbreaking extra innings loss in the Pennsylvania State tournament, but her 2014 season led the Holy Cross Crusaders of Scranton, PA to their most successful season in school history. With Erika a dominant force in the circle, the Crusaders won their first ever district title, and made their first ever appearance in States. Erika continued her annual statistical rise this year with a brilliant season, finishing with a 17-2 record. She had a miniscule ERA of 0.80, while striking out 150 batters. She rarely walks a batter, and tossed 10 one-hitters this season.

Erika will play travel ball with the TC Tremors this summer before joining the Golden Griffins in the fall.

Photo: Scranton Times-Tribune


Sunday, June 15, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Jessica Harkness, Iona Gaels

Iona Gaels' recruit Jessica Harkness just completed a difficult senior season at Foran high school in Milford, Connecticut. What made it difficult for Jess was a couple of injuries that plagued her throughout the season. She missed ten games, and then tried to battle through for the remainder of the year, leading her team into the second round of the State tournament. Very often she did not have her full arsenal of pitches working for her, but was brilliant in the opening round of States, tossing a no-hitter while striking out 18 batters. For the season, she struck out 119 batters in 70 innings pitched. She was never at full strength, but toughed it out for her team which showed her great dedication apart from her great skills.

Jess will play travel ball this summer for the Connecticut Charmers Gold before joining the Iona Gaels in the fall.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

MAAC ECAC All-Stars

The Eastern College Athletic Conference has released it's annual softball all-star team. The following MAAC players were honored:

First Team

Kristen Filicia, Fairfield Stags
Eileen McCann, Iona Gaels

Second Team

Kristen Turner, Iona Gaels
Taylor Kuzma, Marist Red Foxes

Full list here



Saturday, May 31, 2014

MAAC Changes Tournament Format

The MAAC Council of Presidents announced Thursday that beginning next season, the MAAC softball championship will be held on the campus (or at the field the softball team uses regularly) of the regular season champion. Previously, the tournament was always held at a predetermined location. If the new format had been in place this past season, Marist would have hosted the tournament. The number one seed will, however, have the option of opting out of hosting if there is a facility conflict.

The Council of Presidents also confirmed that the softball tournament will continue to field six teams, terming it a success that resulted in "greater fan interest".

Monday, May 19, 2014

Carly Argyle's Dramatic Home Run

Carly Argyle's 7th inning home run vs. Fairfield at the 2014 MAACs which led to an Iona comeback win on their way to the championship.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Paige Hess, Siena Saints


This is the first of a series of articles highlighting the players who will begin their MAAC softball careers next season.

When infielder Paige Hess signed with the Siena Saints last November, she boasted a career batting average of .483 at Camp Verde High School in Gilbert, Arizona. She just completed her senior season at Camp Verde, resulting in an improvement of her already gaudy career average! Paige had a terrific senior season, which resulted in her being named to her All-Section team, batting .495. That pretty much maintained her yearly average, but she showed a marked improvement in her power numbers, hitting 10 home runs while driving home 43 in 29 games played. She produced an excellent slugging percentage of .949, and reached base over 50 percent of the time. She also hit 15 doubles. Paige had her best season in the field, with a .955 fielding percentage, helping to turn six double plays.

Paige Hess this fall will be joining a Siena team that had a record number of wins this past season, is graduating only one player (albeit a great one in Jessika-Jo Sandrini), and has an outstanding group of young recruits coming aboard. In the meantime, Paige will play travel ball this summer with the Arizona Hotshots.
Photo courtesy of: AzDew Photography - Dennis Webb

Friday, May 16, 2014

MAAC Season Ends With Gaels' Loss

Eileen McCann ended her career with a big bang
Northwestern 14
Iona 4 (6)


The Iona Gaels season ended tonight when they lost 14-4 to Northwestern at the Seattle Regional. With the loss, the 2014 MAAC season also came to an end.

Believe it or not, the final score was not indicative of how close this game had been. In fact, it seemed for awhile that Iona was going to win it. The Gaels jumped to the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when after Ashlyn Morris doubled, senior Eileen McCann ripped a pitch over the fence for a home run. The homer allowed her to tie the Iona record for career RBIs. She hit 3 for 3 in her final game, and made many nice plays in right field. Northwestern did come back to take a 4-2 lead, but a two out bases loaded single by senior Katie Jansson in the bottom of the third inning tied the game for the Gaels, who were hitting the ball hard, whether safely or not. But things fell apart for Iona with two outs in the top of the fourth, as Northeastern put up four runs. They would add another six runs in the top of the sixth inning to end the game early.

Iona finishes their season 24-24, and bids farewell to seniors Eileen McCann and Katie Jansson. And so another MAAC season comes to an end; it was one filled with weather problems and cancellations, but also one with a very entertaining conference tournament.

Iona Drops First Game To #12 Washington

Sarah Schutz had the Gaels' only hit
#12 Washington 8
Iona 0 (6)


The MAAC champion Iona Gaels lost their first game of the Seattle Regional to the host #12 Washington late Thursday night 8-0.

The first inning of this game saw Iona fall behind 5-0 to the Huskies. With two Washington runners on base, Iona pitcher Carly Argyle induced a simple fly ball out, but saw that taken away when the home plate umpire called an illegal pitch, the first such call to go against her all season. Carly walked that batter, and then the next which put Iona behind 1-0. Then Washington's Ali Aguilar drove a pitch over the fence, and the Gaels found themselves in a 5-0 hole. Iona would get only one base runner the whole game, that coming in the top of the second inning thanks to Sarah Schutz's infield single. Washington starter Kaitlin Inglesby shut the Gaels down the rest of the way, walking no one.

Iona will play Northwestern Friday at 6:30 pm EDT. The winner of that game will advance to another elimination game immediately following; the loser will see their season end.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Seattle, Washington Regional

The Seattle Regional will take place May 15-17, 2014. It's a double elimination format, with the winner advancing to a Super Regional.

Iona Gaels

Record: 24-22
Leading hitter: Eileen McCann (.416)
Leading pitcher: Carly Argyle (3.53; 15-8)

Washington Huskies

Record: 33-13
Leading hitter: Victoria Hayward (.424)
Leading pitcher: Bryana Walker (1.68; 18-8)

BYU Cougars

Record: 33-21
Leading hitter: Sydney Broderick (.365)
Leading pitcher: Tori Almond (2.14; 10-6)

Northwestern Wildcats

Record: 33-16

Leading hitter:Brianna LeBeau (.394)
Leading pitcher: Kristen Wood (3.55; 18-9)

 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kehli Washington To Play Pro In Europe


Kehli Washington, who just completed her playing career at Rider University, will be heading to Europe this summer to play professional softball.

The 2013 MAAC stolen bases leader has signed a contract to play in the Netherlands. Kehli is no stranger to Europe, having been born in Sweden.

Read the story here

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Iona To Play In Seattle Regional


The MAAC Champion Iona Gaels learned tonight that they will be traveling to Seattle, Washington to play in the Seattle Regional. It will be a double elimination format.

The Gaels will begin play this Thursday against the host, #12 Washington Huskies. Also in the field will be Northwestern and Brigham Young University. Game times have not yet been set.

Gaels Are Bringing It Back Home!

Eileen McCann joined the elite 4 championship club!
Iona 8
Manhattan 0 (5)


THE IONA GAELS WON THE MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY IN FAIRFIELD WITH A DOMINATING 8-0, 5 INNING WIN OVER THE MANHATTAN LADY JASPERS.

The MAAC Championship trophy is returning to New Rochelle!

After having their bats shut down yesterday, the Iona Gaels returned to their powerful ways Sunday, winning their fourth MAAC title in the past five seasons. The game was never in doubt, as they stormed out of the gate with a three run first inning, highlighted by Sarah Schutz's long double to left field that scored two runs. A Katie Jansson double produced the third run.

The Gaels then ended the game early in the bottom of the fifth inning with a five run barrage, which began with a Sarah Schutz three run blast over the left field fence. Sarah finished the game 3 for 3 with 5 RBIs. Junior Bri Schauer then ended the game, and sent the Iona team into a frenzy of celebration, when she sent a screaming line drive over the left field fence for the 8-0 win.

Carly Argyle, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, was the winning pitcher with her one hit performance that never gave Manhattan a chance.

With the win, Eileen McCann earned her fourth MAAC Championship, joining 1990's Canisius players Jody Tassone, Kristin Spak, Nicky Pavlick and Becky Hapeman as the only players in MAAC history to accomplish the feat.

Iona now awaits the NCAA, who will inform them at 10 pm EDT tonight where they will play and against whom in the upcoming National tournament.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Danielle Gabriel Shuts Down Powerful Gaels

Danielle Gabriel completed the threesweep for the LJs
Manhattan 1
Iona 0

Breaking...

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers just beat the Iona Gaels 1-0 at the MAAC Championship in Fairfield to force a winner take all championship game Sunday.

Wow. Manhattan just completed the improbable...a 3 for 3 day! Facing elimination for the third time today, the Lady Jaspers again got fabulous pitching, this time from Danielle Gabrielle. The freshman held the MAAC hitting leaders to just two hits, and was in complete control walking no one while striking out three. Manhattan got the only run they would need in the bottom of the first inning when Elena Bowman sent a pitch sailing far over the right field fence for her 13th homer of the season. Shutdown pitching and solid defense kept Iona from posing a serious threat the rest of the way.

Manhattan and Iona will meet Sunday at 11 am for the championship of the MAAC.